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There are problems brewing in Washington, and they’re centered around John Wall


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Back on January 31, former Kentucky star John Wall underwent an arthroscopic debridement procedure to repair his left knee, an injury he suffered back in November. With his expected timetable to return listed as six-to-eight weeks, and the NBA Playoffs set to begin on April 11, we could see the Wizard point guard sit out until postseason action.

So how could Wall be the center of attention while going through rehab?

Before last night’s loss to Philadelphia, the Wizards had won five straight games since Wall’s surgery, and both the team and fans are saying the ball is moving better with the franchise star on the bench.

Following their third consecutive win, Washington center Marcin Gortat tweeted about it being a great “team” victory, with Wall responding “Lol.”

Then, star shooting guard and former Gator Bradley Beal told reporters that “everybody eats” when they keep the ball moving like they did during their winning streak.

According to StatMuse, a sports analytics website, the Wizards averaged 32.2 assists per contest during their five-game winning streak, which would be the best mark by any team this season.

With the ball supposedly moving better, and players being outspoken about the team’s success without Wall, trade rumors immediately came to light. Oddly enough, some Washington fans were all for a potential trade.

John Wall then went on NBC Sports Wizards to talk about his teammates and Washington fans criticizing him, and the outcome wasn’t pretty.

On SportsCenter, Wall called out Gortat’s comments by saying the Wizard big man gets “the most spoon-fed baskets” because of him.

Washington fans better be careful what they wish for… A trade demand to New Orleans for a Wall/Davis/Cousins big three looks pretty spectacular…

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 responses to “There are problems brewing in Washington, and they’re centered around John Wall”

  1. KYJelly

    This seems to be stemming more from off-the-court stuff. Guys usually don’t take shots at their teammates unless they don’t like them for some reason.

  2. henderblue

    That would be pretty awesome. Somebody make it happen

  3. Alleykat16

    Bradly Beal is the one who is starting all this I would bet my last dollar on that

    1. catdaddyd

      Jay Bilas announced one of their games a couple of years ago and said that Wall dribbles way to much and poor ball movement.

  4. Smyrna_Cat

    Nice sensationalism. As soon as Washington loses 3 in a row, they will be crying, “Where’s Wall!”

    Much ado about nothing. And just in the day in the life of fickle fans, NBA stars, human beings, and NBA teams.

  5. RealCatsFan

    Wall to the Pelicans would definitely cement my status as a Pelicans fan, and make me even madder that they didn’t end up in Louisville, all because of turtleneck and bolognahead.

  6. henderblue

    Watching Villanova get beat on CBS Sports. The officiating in this game is so much better than anything I’ve seen in the SEC this year. They let em play. The flow of the game is so much better. It’s been fun to watch because the whistles are not blowing every end, every trip.

  7. johnson0918

    The big east is also FAR less physical than the sec.

  8. Bluebloodtoo

    Until the Wizard players started talking publicly, that trade might have been possible. Now that this is in all the media, what other NBA team would want Wall at his current contract value? This is not a judgement about Wall. This is pointing out that those mouthy players just made it harder to move Wall.

  9. henderblue

    Well I will admit that I’ve not watched a single Big East game other than this one. Seen Villanova play a little here and there and they are a pretty physical team. This game was pretty physical but they let them play.

  10. BigBlueNationDude

    Gortat has an awesome shnoz

  11. henderblue

    Villanova goes down at home. To a team that is 0-11 in their conference. And beat dUKe Saturday

  12. Saul T. Nuts

    Please trade him to the Pelicans!

  13. bkristiansen89

    If I was John, I would take back all those watches he got for the team.

  14. Sentient Third Eye

    A Wall-Cousins-Davis trio will never happen in New Orleans. Who could the Pelicans trade for Wall? Holiday and draft picks? For an all-star? For that trade to ever happen, NO would have to give up either Cousins or Davis.

  15. 2Dogs

    5 game winning streaks come and go in the NBA. Even an average team pulls those out from time to time. I wouldn’t base my team’s future regarding personnel on that.